Wednesday, 22 July 2009

The 10 Thinnest and Lightest Laptops on the planet and Linux Compatibility

The 10 Thinnest and Lightest Laptops on The Planet » The Hottest Gadgets

Let’s face it. Size does matter. However, in the 21st century, smaller is definitely better when it comes to certain gadgets such as our laptops. Here’s a rundown of a few notebooks that are guaranteed to be easy on your back, and extremely easy to carry anywhere you need to go. They are actually pretty power packed, much more so than a netbook or UMPC.

These are the 10 Thinnest and Lightest laptops on the planet.

1. MacBook Air

apple-macbook-air1Also known as the MBA, the MacBook Air has brought the ultra slim trend closer to home. Apple’s tiniest laptop measures a very sleek 12.8 x 8.94 x 0.76 inches and weighs 3 pounds. A 1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 2GB of DDR3 SDRAM flow through the Air. Although on the small side, the 120GB SATA hard drive should be more than enough to fit your everyday storage needs. The battery should also last you at least 5 hours.

Source: [Apple]

2. Intel Metro

slide1Intel’s new Metro laptop was designed by Ziba, and it measures just .7 inches thick. That’s a bout the size of a penny. It weighs just 2.25 pounds and it has flash based memory which is a big part of the reason why boasts a 14 hour battery life. The Metro laptop has not been released yet but it should be out by then end of 2009.

Source: [BusinessWeek]

3. Dell Adamo

dell-adamosmallThe Dell Adamo is the latest “MacBook Air killer” contender. Slightly thinner than its rival at 13.03 x 9.5 x 0.65 inches, the Adamo is currently the world’s thinnest laptop at 4 pounds. The keyword to remember here is “thin” since it is a tad longer and wider than the Air. The Adamo’s 1.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor is slightly slower than the Air while its 2GB memory and 128GB solid-state drive (SSD) keep the Adamo within striking distance. The average battery life is measured at 4.5 hours.

Source: [Dell]

4. Lenovo Thinkpad X301


With Lenovo’s 12.5 x 9.1 x 0.9 laptop, you can tell that the corporate world has been bitten by the ultra slim bug. At 3.2 pounds, mindless drones will no longer have an excuse not to have their laptops stuck to their bodies. The X301 comes with a good Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400 1.4 GHz processor coupled with 2GB of SDRAM memory. The 64GB SSD keeps its storage capacity small but terrible while its battery life can last up to only 4.3 hours.

Source: [Cnet]

5. Voodoo Envy 133 – NV4070NAhp_voodoo_envy_133_1-100608

Although the latest version of the Envy dates back to 2008, it’s thin 0.70” inch depth still makes it ultra slim worthy. The 12.65 x 9.04 x 0.70 dimensions complement its light 3.37 pounds. The SP 7700 Intel Core 2 Duo processor clocks in at 1.8GHz and is paired with roughly 2 GB of memory. The downsides to this gorgeous looking laptop are its low 80GB storage capacity and short life span of about 3 hours.

Source: [HP]

6. Sony VGN-Z598U/B


The stylish VAIO measures a decent 12.4 x 8.3 x 1.3 inches and weighs about 3.42 pounds. It is enclosed with a 2.53GHz P9500 Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 4GB worth of SDRAM memory. The best part about this laptop is that it has a 256GB SATA hard drive and enough juice to reach 5.5 hours.

Source: [PCWorld]

7. Samsung X360samsungx360laptop1

Where there’s a trend to be found, Samsung is bound to be in it. Their 12.2 x 8.9 x 1.2 laptop is the lightest of them all at 2.8 pounds. The Intel Core 2 Duo U9400 processor runs at 1.4 GHz while maintains a 3GB DDR3 memory. The X360’s 128GB SSD is similar to that of the Adamo’s but gives the Adamo a run for its money with its long lasting 6 hour battery.

Source: [Samsung]

8. Acer Timeline 3810t-8640acer-timeline

The 12.7 x 9 x 1.1 Timeline caters to the budget conscious corner of the ultra slim market. At 3.5 pounds, Acer provides you an Intel Core 2 Solo SU3500 processor at 1.4 GHz. Memory is also decent with its 2GB DDR3 SDRAM and 250GB SATA hard drive. The 8-hour battery life kind of makes you wonder where they got the name Timeline.

Source: [Acer]

9. Fujitsu Lifebook T2020fujitsu-lifebook-t2020-tablet-laptop

Fujitsu’s T2020 Lifebook tablet measures 11.69 x 8.62 x 1.34 inches and weights about 3.5 pounds. It comes with a 1.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Mobile processor and 1GB worth of memory. The T2020 is also paired with a 120GB hard drive and is expected to last about 6.75 hours.

Source: [PCWorld]

10. HP Pavilion dv2hp-pavilion-dv2

The dv2 is about 11.50 x 9.45 x 0.93 inches and weights almost 4 pounds. The AMD Athlon Neo Processor makes it the only non-Intel powered ultra slim laptop in the list. Fortunately, the dv2 has 4GB worth of DDR2 memory and a stunning 320GB of hard disk space. Battery might be an issue for some folks since it can only pump out about 3.5 hours at a time.

There is very good Linux compatibility for some of these laptops:

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